Originally Posted by Rob Instigator
you gots to MASTER the rules before you can break them with interesting results.
Do you mean in the context of free jazz or in general? I think free jazz (and free improv) definitely require a great deal of dexterity to produce good stuff; I think they require a great deal of affection and taste as well. I don't know how many of you have heard Ayler's Music is the healing force... but it's utterly dogshit; the man made 2 of my favourite jazz albums (Spirits/ Bells) but completely lost it on that one (for me).
More generally, there's loads of examples of not necessarily tutored musicians making amazing music. Nihilist Spasm Band, the Shaggs, the A Band (fnar) or whoever.